The fishing over the week-end was not real hot which as is usual for this time of year but some quality fish were encountered. Conditions were perfect, some would say too perfect, a couple of good Blue Marlin were weighed at the Port Hacking tournament and at least one good one lost, Spearfish and Striped Marlin were also taken the latter being found nearer the shelf and to top it off a 60 plus kilo Yellowfin was also weighed. The one surprising fact which stands out is the lack of big sharks which are usually encountered around this time of year in fact the really big ones have been missing all summer.
At least Yellowfin are being encountered more regularly with a couple hooked near ‘Heatons’ and a long liner seen working nearby so there must be good numbers of them around. Hopefully as the currents change and the temperatures drop their numbers will increase and bring them within easy reach.
Bottom fishing at Browns is producing small Gemmies and Deep Sea Perch with Blue Eye in the catch as well, also the occasional Hapuka and Mirror Dory is turning up. It won’t be long before the Gemmies turn up in numbers and with them the Mako’s and the dreaded seals – winter is coming.